Statement by the Islamic Republic of Iran on Agenda Item 7, ID with the Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestinian Territories in the 20th HRC Session- 2 July 2012

Madam, President,
My delegation would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for his detailed report submitted to the Council.
Highlighting the violation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory with reference to “Israeli regime policy and practice of targeted killing” as well as “widespread and abusive use of administrative detention procedures”, the report obviously illustrates flagrant violation of human rights in the Palestine, and draws attentions to some horrific incidents occurred by so called “Israeli Defense Forces”.
The incidences of extrajudicial executions or assassinations underscored in the report as well as the recent upsurge of violence by Israeli Regime in Gaza are just a tip of iceberg demonstrating that this regime continues and even intensifies its heinous crimes against the oppressed and defenseless Palestinian people in defiance of human rights principles, international law, UN resolutions and even the basic norms of decency. What is perplexing is that the Israeli regime, enjoying the unflagging support of the Western bloc, continues to perpetrate its crimes and violations with a sense of impunity.
Madam, President,
It is high time for the Council to defend more effectively the human rights of Palestinian people, and adopt a firm position and urge the international community to counter the said regime's inhumane policies and practices against the defenseless Palestinians.
The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the settlement of the Palestinian crisis would be achievable only if the inalienable rights of the people of the occupied Palestine is fully recognized, restored and maintained. The only solution to the Palestinian issue and establishment of peace is restoration of the sovereignty right to Palestine and putting an end to occupation. The Palestinian people should be allowed to express their opinions freely regarding their fate and future and the kind of State and Government they want to have through a referendum with the participation of all Palestinian people.

Thank you, Madam President,

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